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Green Philanthropy for Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects Paperback – May 1, 2010

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  • Paperback: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Green Philanthropy for Families.Org; 1St Edition edition (May 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615331157
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615331157
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,574,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on May 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
What a unique and useful book this is! The authors have laid before us some very workable projects. At first glance, this work is an accumulation of very good ideas as to what each of us can do to improve our lives and the earth we live on; more about this later. When you first glance though this work the message, purpose and goals appear to be quite simple and forward; more about this later. But make no mistake; this is a very sophisticated bit of work which strives for multiple ends, and I must say, has all the elements present to allow it to be quite successful in what the authors are trying to accomplish. Let's start with the first...

As the subtitle tells us, this is a collection of 160 simple earth honoring gifts, action, activities and projects for the entire family. And indeed this book is all that! These ideas are well presented, professionally written and are extremely clear. Having actually read these "ideas" I was unable to find one that did not appeal to me, I could not find one that was undoable, and I did not find one that was not only logical, but also helpful to both our environment and to the individual, family or group performing the task...if task you want to call it. (Actually, most of these project look rather fun).

The book is broken down into various, easy to follow sections beginning with one entitled "Five Things to Think about Doing." This provides an overview of how to get organized; extremely important. The book then goes on to several chapters of actual projects, which is further broken down into areas such as Simplifying Living, Food, Water, Urban Habitats, Wild Places and Things, Ecoliteracy, Community Service and so forth.
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There are an untold number of web sites, magazine articles, books, television shows, and other references providing advice on everything from composting, to recycling, to saving the great whales or the rainforest.

Do we need another?

The magic of this book, Green Philanthropy For Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects, is that it succinctly, clearly, and economically takes a number of ideas for personal and community action, and provides a short summary of the issue, details what a person (or a family) can do, and references web or print-based sources for getting additional information.

This really makes it a valuable reference, at home, in school, and in our libraries.

This is not a one-dimensional approach to "Earth honoring." It covers a wide range of issues. Here are a few that stood out for me:

"21. Add another 'r' to reduce, reuse, and recycle: repair" (p. 25). This really is an underemphasized concept in the American consumer society. Duct tape, a wide range of adhesive glues and epoxies, and the availability of numerous hand tools that will last for a generation make repairing items around the home a real goal. Now, you are not going to repair your cell phone after it gets dunked in a pond, and I doubt many can fix a non-functional refrigerator. However, you can fix a flat tire on your bicycle. You can replace a broken wheel, change the oil, clean the air filter, and adjust the throttle and air/fuel mixture on your lawnmower. You can fix that chip on your favorite bread bowl, and make a rusty shovel gleam again with a sharp edge. Check out the many "fix it yourself" (FIY) books.
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Parents and educators looking for a way to teach green behavior to all ages will find a cornucopia of ideas in Green Philanthropy for Families. Others who want to be greener, but who lack the know-how, will be rewarded as well for exploring here. Helen, Justin, and Alexis Deffenbacher best describe their book in its subtitle, 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects. My acquisition of the book came about, because I was searching for community-based learning projects for my university students. I'm pleased to know that my next crop of students will have a wealth of choices in one single book.
Obviously green, and even more obviously philanthropic, the Deffenbachers have invested an enormous amount of research and effort in producing wonderfully useful gifts, activities and projects for all ages and all incomes. The eco-illiterate could begin with the chapter "Ecoliteracy" and branch out to "Simple Living;" "In Your Own Backyard;" and "Community Service." Beyond the home venue, the reader will find suggestions for urban habitats, wild places, and wildlife, as well as ways to help save forests.
Alongside the interesting and fun projects are the names and websites of the numerous like-minded organizations which are discussed throughout the book. They in turn offer a wealth of ideas for harmonious enjoyment of our beautiful, big, blue marble. As if all this were not enough, Green Philanthropy covers the practical side of things by offering suggestions for planning and record keeping, bankrolling projects, and forming green philanthropy groups.
There's only one thing I'd add to the Green Philanthropy for Families, and that's an index of recommended organizations and websites. When this edition sells out, as I am convinced it will, perhaps the Deffenbachers will add one for the next.
To learn more about Deffenbachers and their green philanthropy philosophy go to their website [...].
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